Mar 20, 2013 11:00pm PDT
is willing to say we'll bring religion -- organized prayer back to public school. we'll outlaw abortion. we won't go along with this new trend towards gay rights. we're with you in the church. how do you tell those people the reason you joined the republican party they don't want to push too hard anymore, in fact, they want to sort of closet it? >> you can't really tell them that so they are not exactly saying that. you've got a spectacle where reince priebus is saying, yes, we want gay people to vote for us but we won't change your policies. we won't give them equal rights. we've seen him backtrack now on gay marriage and, you know, we want african-americans to vote for us but we're going to suppress their votes in lots of states. so it's totally contradictory. they recognize they have a branding problem and messaging problem and, chris, the voters you're talking about have gotten old and some of them have passed away and left us. and the issue -- >> joan, you have just -- you have just basically said that your party is dying. >> well, first of all -- >> it is dying. >> you pr
Mar 25, 2013 2:00pm PDT
. that's the reason he's a republican. you have the evangelical republican, religion comes from church, basic moral beliefs. according in this poll, they're the same people. better than that, the business conservatives buy into the cultural issues. cultural driven people buy into the business issues. it's heterogeneous. >> it's heterogeneous internally but they turned inward. a generation ago the republican party reached outward and reached to people who had been democrats. they expanded demographically because they got a lot of catholics, got northern catholics in the party who hadn't been there before and got southerners who had been democrats and who were economically diverse. there were a lot of working class and middle class democrats who came over to the republican party. so they were expanding a generation ago by reaching out. what's happened now, because of ideology, because of the focus on ideology, these two groups look for ideological overlaps and that's all they talk about. that's all they talk about. in common areas they can agree, whether it's abortion or guns or r lower
Mar 26, 2013 2:00pm PDT
warned that anxious voters are just clinging to their guns and religion, wedge issues are cuts differently. more to the liking of democrats." wow. i've got our "hardball" strategyist here tonight to argue this. former rnc chair, michael steele, an msnbc political analyst. steve elendorf, a strategist who worked for dick gephardt, john kerry and hillary clinton. none of them actually won in the end. i'm just kidding. you're a very well respected consultant here and leader. let me ask you this. how do you think these issues, democrats are going to use these issues? can they bash a republican being against same-sex? >> it's young people, 81%, young evangelicals are for gay marriage, catholics are for gay marriage. >> conservatives. >> young conservatives are for gay marriage. it's moving and in the right districts in a lot of places it's going to be a big problem. >> how's your party react to that at the convention? do you fudge the issue? i can't see a candidate saying, and we're not going to have any of this damn same-sex marriage either. >> that would make your day if they did.